Nuvance Health uses new technology for breast cancer surgery

Nuvance Health launches new technology for breast cancer surgery


An advanced way to locate breast cancer for lumpectomy is now available at Nuvance Health hospitals in New York and Connecticut


Nuvance Health now offers Magseed® to locate a cancerous tumor in the breast for lumpectomy. Breast radiologists and surgeons are using the technology at Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York, and Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut.


The benefits of Magseed® include:

  • Flexibility: A radiologist can place the seed any time before surgery, including the day of surgery, which is convenient for patients.
  • Less intrusive and no radiation: Magseed® requires no wire or radiation. A wire that sticks out of the breast or radioactive seed have traditionally been used to mark a breast cancer.
  • Accuracy: The seed precisely marks the site of a cancer in the breast, resulting in less invasive breast surgery and the surgeon being able to preserve more healthy tissue.


A radiologist uses mammography or ultrasound to place Magseed® into the center of the tumor in the breast. The tiny, metal seed is 1mm by 5mm, which is smaller than a grain of rice.


“Nuvance Health wants our patients to have access to the latest surgical techniques and treatments for breast cancer so they can feel confident staying close-to-home for their care,” said. Dr. Susan K. Boolbol, chief of breast surgical oncology and breast program at Nuvance Health.


Dr. Boolbol continued, “The new seed marker for lumpectomy at Nuvance Health is an example of our ongoing commitment to enhance patient experiences and results. Convenient, innovative treatment options and talented and caring staff help us achieve the best possible outcomes, and can empower our patients who are managing a breast cancer diagnosis.”


In addition to advanced technology, breast cancer patients have access to Nuvance Health’s fellowship-trained breast surgeons and an integrated team of specialists, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, genetic counselors, nurse navigators and more. Learn more about breast surgery at Nuvance Health.


Nuvance Health’s breast cancer centers have been recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers for adhering to the highest standards of care for patients with breast disease. Learn more about breast cancer care at Nuvance Health.